Application Checklist and Tips

Part of our hiring process is a written application. Check out the tips below as you work on your application.

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Before you get started, make sure you have:
  • An updated resume detailing your experience both academically and professionally
  • A digital copy of all unofficial transcript(s) from any university you’ve attended
  • Contact information for three professional or academic references (at least one supervisor reference is required) 
  • TEA ID Number, if applicable 
  • Copy of your teaching certificate, if applicable 

Application Tips

Tip #1: Before starting your application, have ready:

  • Resume (check out our resume tips)
  • Any Relevant Certifications
  • TEA ID number (if you have one)
  • an official or unofficial transcript 

Tip #2: You should apply to the position you are most interested in and qualified to teach, as opposed to multiple positions (even though you have the option to do so). For example, if you majored in English or took many English courses in college, you might consider applying to be a middle or high school English Language Arts Teacher. You can learn more about teacher certification qualifications here.
Tip #3: YES Prep uses a “Holistic Review” process, which means we look at your application in its entirety – we do not just look at one component or use absolute floors and ceilings to make decisions. We will carefully review your academic background at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, past professional experiences and accomplishments, as well as your essays.
Tip #4:  Here are specific tips for composing a strong response to our essay questions:

  • Revise, Proofread, Revise, Proofread. Submitting carefully reviewed essays will show us how much you care about the potential to work at YES Prep. Consider reaching out to a trusted peer, mentor or supervisor to ask for help reviewing your essays and resume before submission.
  • Answer all parts of the question.  Read the questions carefully, and ensure you address all parts of the question in your response. Strong answers demonstrate an understanding of YES Prep’s mission and work, and show vulnerability and humility on the part of the applicant.
  • Ensure your essays are an appropriate length. We recommend a length of 250 – 300 words. 

Tip #5: For references, reach out to current and past supervisors, or professors (if you do not have work experience); refrain from including friends, family or peers. Be sure to inform your references that they will hear from us.

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